Working with Aamir Khan is like a dream come true to many. Not only would you be guided under the finest actors in the industry but also will learn quite a lot about the industry. And we’ve just found out that he’s looking for interns to work with him. You might be wondering what kind of profile you’ll need to work with him because as he is a perfectionist, he would want specific qualities. His Dangal co-star Sanya Malhotra has spilled beans on the same. In an interview with Mid-Day, the actress spoke about how she along with Fatima Sana Shaikh bagged the internship offer and the kind of work they were expected to do while onboard.
Malhotra stated, “In January 2016, we wrapped up the film’s shoot and didn’t have anything to do,” recalls Sanya. “So, Fatima and I decided to go on an India darshan. That’s when AK [that’s how they address Aamir] asked us if we would want to intern with him. For a moment, we went totally blank, but then nodded at the offer.” Wow, that’s pretty cool. What’s cooler is the responsibilities they undertook during their internship. They were a part of Aamir’s Paani Foundation that ventured out to increase the water levels in Maharashtra and make it a drought-free state. Apart from that, Fatima and Sanya were also actively involved in helping with the post production of Secret Superstar and prep work for Thugs of Hindostan.
“People know him as a brilliant actor, but we got to know how brilliant he is as a person. We got a sneak peek into his life. It is encouraging and motivating to learn everything from someone so talented and experienced,” added Sanya. How cool is that! With those being the kind of work you’ll get to do when working with Aamir, the actress also explained what the daily routine is like. She said, “On some days, we would sit for almost five to six hours at Pritam’s [music composer] office working on the background score. Later, we would go with Aamir for dubbing sessions, which would be followed by a meeting with the music or editing team. We would return home by 10 pm. When we went to work, we would listen to stories of how Aamir worked till 4 am.”
Pretty exciting no? Now, who wouldn’t want to work with this man? And luckily you’re getting a chance to do so. All you gotta do is drop your updated resume to Aamir Khan Films’ Bandra office. If selected, you’ll get a call of internship from them.
5 Qualities That Set Aamir Khan Apart
#5 Aamir Khan’s Single-Minded Dedication
When Aamir finally decided to make his television debut, many years after his contemporaries like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, with an issue based show – called Satyamev Jayate – Aamir made sure that he co-produced the show so that he would have creative control over it. Not just that, the actor also personally toured many remote parts of India talking to people about their problems, ensuring that these stories were told in his show.
So much is Aamir focused on the TV show that he did not think twice about postponing two releases in order to devote his full energy for the show. Which other Bollywood star would do such a thing?
To be sure, Aamir’s film producers are confident that the actor will give his single-minded attention to their films when he is done with the TV show. Hence, they readily agreed. Aamir’s focus to one thing at a time is very unlike many other Bollywood actors who juggle not just multiple projects at once but also keep themselves busy in handling different business ventures and charities.
#4 Aamir Khan’s Impeccable Judgment
When newbie director Abhinay Deo locked the final edit of the Hinglish film, Delhi Belly, Aamir wasn’t very happy. The fact that the film had content, the kind of which had never been seen in Indian films for the longest time, made the producer nervous. But instead of going with the director’s edit, Aamir put the film on hold for the longest time. Because he knew what the film could be, if it was edited the way he thought it should be.
But instead of firing the director and taking on the reigns himself, Aamir took his team into confidence and asked them to rework the film, as he paid his attention to releasing his two other home productions, Peepli Live and Dhobi Ghat. When Aamir finally got around to Delhi Belly, he made sure that it turned out to be a project that would click with the target audience.
#3 Aamir Khan’s Marketing Genius
So how did Aamir make Delhi Belly, a film with hundreds of four-lettered words and no big star cast to speak of, into an overnight sensation? Marketing. What Aamir did with Delhi Belly almost makes for a case study in movie promotions.
Realizing that there was little meat that he could show in the TV promos of Delhi Belly – as TV promos in India have to be U or UA certified – Aamir thought up a brilliant strategy – music. Aamir went ahead and included as many as six songs in what was basically a song-less, two-hour movie. Along with maverick music director Ram Sampath and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, Aamir create DK Bose, a song that almost became the Indian youth’s national anthem.
One cannot forget that the lyrics of DK Bose referred to one of the most-commonly used expletives in the Hindi language. So how did Aamir really convince the audience – youth and otherwise – to come and watch an expletive-laden film?
#2 Aamir Khan’s Don’t Lie To The Viewer Attitude
We all know that advertising, for the most part, is lying. But when Aamir realized that he was producing and releasing the kinds of films – Peepli Live, Delhi Belly and Dhobi Ghat – which did not have the elements of a typical Aamir Khan film, the actor made sure that he told the public the truth. He did not, like the rest of the industry, go ahead and promote the film brazenly anyway.
With Delhi Belly, he released an almost apologetic, but humorous, promo of how the film contained abusive language and references to sex. For Peepli Live, he used a promo to criticize himself as a producer who was making a film which would not be accepted by the audience. And during the promotions of Dhobi Ghat, in which Aamir acted as well, he made sure that the moviegoer did not come into the theatres expecting a masala Bollywood entertainer.
One way or the other, he made sure that his fans knew what to expect, so that they did not feel cheated when they saw the films. If it takes guts to make unconventional films, it takes even more to market them as they are.
#1 Aamir Khan Knows His Audience
This is legendary. When Aamir is in a script session, which usually goes on for many hours at a time, he is known to react to the script like a lay viewer would – he laughs and cries, applauds and raises his brows in a question – just like the average Indian spectator would. He reacts to the script. And he agrees to do a film only when he knows that his fans would love it too, and not just because he likes a meaty role or because he is partial to a certain producer.